Congress has balked at the Obama administrations request to pay $150 million dollars for an Illinois prison to house Guantanamo inmates, delaying the closing of Guantanamo until at least 2011. In the meantime, officials can work on upgrading security at the prison, which needed to be done before it received any inmates. The Illinois prison is not meant to house all the Guantanamo inmates, only the ones who are scheduled to be tried under the highly controversial military commissions.
Given the controverisal nature of the military commissions, some critics propose either trying the detainess in civilian courts, or deporting the ones the administration lacks evidence to successfully prosecute.
Closing Guantanamo Costs Money; But There Is an Alternative | The Washington Independent